Karen Patton Alexander, MD

Professor of Medicine
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 2400 Pratt St Ste 7068, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 668-8871

My research focus is on cardiovascular disease management and outcomes in special populations, specifically older adults. Historically there has been a lack of randomized controlled data regarding treatment efficacy and outcomes in this growing population. Because of this, certain therapies may have different risk benefit profiles, which may cause physicians to alter their therapeutic interventions. My research explores evidence based treatment for older adults, including preferences and decision-making as well as frailty and aging assessments in clinical trials and registries. Diagnosis and management of stable ischemic heart disease is also an area of focus.

Education and Training

  • Cardiology Fellow, Medicine, Duke University, 1995 - 1998
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1993 - 1995
  • Intern, Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1992 - 1993
  • M.D., Duke University, 1992

Publications

Peterson, E. D., K. P. Alexander, G. T. O’Connor, F. L. Grover, E. L. Hannan, B. D. McCallister, and W. S. Weintraub. “The safety of coronary artery bypass surgery in the aged.” Circulation 102, no. 18 (October 31, 2000): 680-+.

Scholars@Duke

Alexander, K. P., K. J. Anstrom, L. H. Muhlbaier, R. D. Grosswald, P. K. Smith, R. H. Jones, and E. D. Peterson. “ or = 80 years: results from the National Cardiovascular Network..” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 35, no. 3 (March 2000): 731–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0735-1097(99)00606-3.

PMID
10716477
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Alexander, K., L. J. Shaw, L. K. Shaw, E. DeLong, D. Mark, and E. Peterson. “Erratum: Value of exercise treadmill testing in women. Low dose dobutamine echocardiography predicts improvement in functional capacity after exercise training in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (Journal of the American College of Cardiology (1998) 32 (1657-1664)).” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 33, no. 1 (February 10, 1999). https://doi.org/10.1016/S0735-1097(98)00655-X.

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Alexander, K. P., E. D. Peterson, C. B. Granger, A. C. Casas, F. Van De Werf, P. W. Armstrong, A. Guerci, E. J. Topol, and R. M. Califf. “Potential impact of evidence-based medicine in acute coronary syndromes: Insights from GUSTO-IIb.” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 32, no. 7 (December 1, 1998): 2023–30. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0735-1097(98)00466-5.

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Alexander, K. P., E. D. Peterson, C. B. Granger, A. C. Casas, F. Van de Werf, P. W. Armstrong, A. Guerci, E. J. Topol, and R. M. Califf. “Potential impact of evidence-based medicine in acute coronary syndromes: insights from GUSTO-IIb. Global Use of Strategies to Open Occluded Arteries in Acute Coronary Syndromes trial..” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 32, no. 7 (December 1998): 2023–30. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0735-1097(98)00466-5.

PMID
9857888
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Alexander, K. P., L. J. Shaw, L. K. Shaw, E. R. Delong, D. B. Mark, and E. D. Peterson. “Value of exercise treadmill testing in women..” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 32, no. 6 (November 1998): 1657–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0735-1097(98)00451-3.

PMID
9822093
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Alexander, J. H., K. Alexander, D. F. Kong, C. Y. Tung, and D. Whellan. “Session highlights from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions: November 9-12, 1997..” American Heart Journal 135, no. 1 (January 1998): 157–80. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0002-8703(98)70357-6.

PMID
9453536
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Alexander, K. P., and E. D. Peterson. “Coronary artery bypass grafting in the elderly..” American Heart Journal 134, no. 5 Pt 1 (November 1997): 856–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0002-8703(97)80008-7.

PMID
9398097
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